4.28.2009

Scared Sleepless

Did you read this on MSN? um....wow. Thank you, Olivia, for sending this to me. What kinds of excuses will guys come up with next?

Dear Prudence:
I did something recently that concerns me on many levels. I am under a large amount of stress because I'm in an unhappy marriage (which we're trying to work out) and because my company laid me off. I am under treatment for depression. A week ago, my doctor doubled the dosage of my antidepressant and, because I'm not sleeping well, he prescribed Ambien. On Saturday morning, I confused the vials and took two Ambien. I told my wife what happened and that I would probably sleep all day and went to bed. At around 10 p.m., my wife commented on how productive I had been: mowing the lawn, cleaning up, grocery shopping. I remembered none of this and said so. She said her only concern was that I left for "errands" and returned two hours later with nothing in hand. I talked to my doctor Monday, and he told me Ambien can cause amnesia and that some people have reported walking, driving, and cooking in their sleep. I know now what filled the missing two hours. This afternoon, I got a call from a woman who called me "lover" and asked when I wanted to come back. She called me her f--k buddy. This is a woman I had talked to only twice before in social situations. I do not even know where she lives; maybe I phoned her for directions. I do find her attractive, but I am stunned that I did something like this. My wife is vindictive, and if I say anything to her, it will end our marriage. I do not want to continue a relationship with the other woman. What should I do?

—Scared Sleepless

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Really? You slept drove over to her house? Talked to her? Had sex with her...and don't remember ANY of it??

Then how could we hold ANY of that again you?? Clearly you are the victim in this situation.

7 comments:

insomniaclolita said...

REALLYYY? Is this real?

Griz said...

Well, I can totally vouch for Ambien making you hallucinate and not remember. I did that to a roommate one time and she woke me up the next morning totally freaked out. Everything she said i did i did not remember. I was more careful after that. I think I might have gotten the meds changed.

Lily said...

While I totally understand that sleep aids can cause some strange side effects, I find this one really tough to believe. Its kind of like he tripped and his "lover" was there naked to break his fall. For shame...

Danielle Graham said...

omg Ambien is nuts! When taking the PRESCRIBED AMOUNT I have hallucinated, carried on conversations with people despite having NO recollection later and appeared fully awake to others. I called a friend after taking ambien once and he said I was telling him that there were football players and kings running in my bedroom.

Ambien also has what I call a subconscious dumping effect. You will tell people everything you are thinking but would never say out loud, except you won't remember a single word of it. It's not like being drunk either.. You literally have NO remembrance of it. At least that's what happened to me personally.

I don't know if this guy's story is true, but ambien does make you do crazy stuff. If you doubled the dose, I wouldn't doubt the possibility of his scenario.

Olivia McCain said...

how is this sleeping pill legal to take?

Yeti said...

olivia...i am wondering the SAME THING

Griz said...

I have no idea. That's why i liked Lunesta better. You have to be in bed when you take it because it knocks you out! Don't remember hallucinating on that.